Why Make-Believe Play Is an Important Part of Child Development

Visit any preschool classroom during free play and you will likely see a child pretending to be someone else. Make-believe play is a ubiquitous part...

Kindergartners Get Little Time to Play: Why Does It Matter?

Being a kindergartner today is very different from being a kindergartner 20 years ago. In fact, it is more like first grade. Researchers have demonstrated...

The Upside of Playful Risk

Summer is here, time for kids’ action adventure. Reread that opening sentence. Did you think of movies released in the summertime? Or did you think of...

Leisure Time in a Small Town

Well, in case you had notions to the contrary, I’m here to tell you that a small Danish town isn´t exactly a fountain of...

Play With Me

In January 2015, I moved to a small town in rural Denmark with my husband and two young sons. Only two weeks before, we’d...

Getting Kids to Read Over the Summer Takes a Village

What adults might not remember about the long, carefree summer days of youth is how much they forgot between June and September. In fact,...

Flagged: Children on July 4th

    During the years 2005 to 2012, when I conducted research on July 4th family rituals, the United States imported — mostly from China —...

Time for a Game Changer: Playgrounds Fight to Stay Relevant to...

Stroll through your local playground on a summer day and take note of what’s missing: swings, seesaws, jungle gyms, and, all too often, children. Whether...

Strong Demand for Summer Camp Despite Rising Prices

These days deciding where to send your child for summer camp can give parents almost as much anguish as the all-important choice of college. Is...

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